1. Jordin Brianna Sparks (born December 22, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and actress.
2. In 2007, she rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series’ history.
3. Her self-titled debut album was released later in the same year; it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold over two million copies worldwide. The song earned Sparks her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
4. Its lead single, also titled “Battlefield”, where it reached number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, making Sparks the only American Idol contestant to have her first five singles reach the top twenty on the chart.
5. The second single, “S.O.S. (Let the Music Play)”, became Sparks’ first number one on the US Hot Dance Club Play chart. Throughout her career, Sparks has won numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award and two Teen Choice Awards.
6. In 2009, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 91st Artist of the 2000s Decade.
7. Sparks branched out from recording music, pursuing careers in acting and Broadway, and designing perfumes.
8. She made guest appearances on several television series, beginning with The Suite Life on Deck in 2009, and later in Big Time Rush in 2010.
9. That same year, Sparks made her Broadway debut in the musical In The Heights, starring as Nina Rosario.
10. She made her feature film debut in a remake of the musical film Sparkle (2012), which also starred Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter.
11. In October 2010, Sparks released her first perfume, Because of You…, which was followed by her second perfume, Fascinate, in March 2012, with her third perfume, Ambition, in November 2012.
12. After a five-year solo music hiatus, Sparks released her first mixtape titled #ByeFelicia, on November 25, 2014.
13. The release of the mixtape marks the first release under Sparks’ new recording deal with ‘Louder than Life/Red Associated Labels’, a joint deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
14. Sparks was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Jodi (ne Weidmann) Sparks and former professional football player Phillippi Sparks.
15. Sparks has a younger brother, Phillippi “PJ” Sparks, Jr., who plays football at Arizona Christian University.
16. Her father is African-American and her mother is Caucasian. She grew up in the suburbs of Ridgewood, New Jersey, while her father played as a defensive back for the New York Giants.
17. After living in New Jersey, Sparks attended Northwest Community Christian School in Phoenix through the eighth grade.
18. Sparks attended Sandra Day O’Connor High School until 2006, when she was homeschooled to better concentrate on her singing. Sparks is an evangelical Christian and attends Calvary Community Church in Phoenix.
19. On her American Idol biography, she thanks her parents and God for her win. She won an award for best young artist of the year in Arizona three years in a row.
20. Before appearing on American Idol, Sparks participated in and won such talent competitions as Coca-Cola’s Rising Star, the Gospel Music Association Academy’s Overall Spotlight Award, America’s Most Talented Kids, Colgate Country Showdown, and the 2006 Drug Free AZ Superstar Search.
21. Prior to Idol, Sparks frequently performed the national anthem at various local sporting events, notably for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
22. Sparks also appeared with Alice Cooper in his 2004 Christmas show and toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. Smith in 2006.
23. In 2006, Sparks was one of six winners of the Phoenix Torrid search for the “Next Plus Size Model”.
24. She was flown to California, where she was featured in numerous Torrid ads and promotional pieces. A full-page ad for Torrid featuring Sparks ran in the December 2006 issue of Seventeen magazine.